Go rock climbing
If you want some mountaineering experience this summer, try rock climbing—and by rock climbing, I don’t mean artificial rock walls in malls and fairs, but actual rock formations.
Rock climbing is a physically and mentally challenging activity that usually requires weeks of body conditioning. You’ll definitely break a sweat, but the experience and the feeling of successfully reaching the peak are worth it!
Atimonan, Quezon is the most widely known climbing area in the country. A number of climbers visit especially during summer, but other climbing spots that are just as visited by mountaineers. Some rock-climbing destinations include Wawa, Montalban, Mt. Manalmon, Bulacan and Dingle, Iloilo.
Learning Chinese, Spanish or French has become passé. Try learning Russian for a change! One of the more underrated languages in the world, Russian is actually the most geographically pervasive language in Eurasia and the most prominent of the Slavic languages. More interestingly, it is reportedly the second most used language on the Internet, next to English. But never mind all that, just learn it for fun! There’s not a single downside to learning a foreign language.
Breakfast on the shore
If you have not done this before, then you have not experienced beach life to the fullest. You don’t have to own or stay in a private beach to do it. Just get up early, take your steaming coffee and toasted bread, sit on the sand, and enjoy the view. Could there be a more inexpensive, relaxing breakfast?
Read a controversial book
Summer is a break from school. This means that most students opt to stay away from reading books altogether. But two months of all-physical activities, or just plain rest will rust anyone’s brain. Try reading a controversial book (fiction or non-fiction) to keep your brain cells alive. Pick one that will not only amuse you, but also make you think critically.
Here is a list of recommended “controversial” fiction and non-fiction books. Note that some of these are actually banned in some parts of the world. You can revel in the idea that you’re able to satisfy your rebellious streak, without doing something illegal or way beyond your comfort zone.
1. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
2. The God Delusion (Richard Dawkins)
3. I Did It: Confessions of the Killer (O.J. Simpson)
4. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
5. Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut)
6. Flowers in the Attic (V.C. Andrews)
7. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chobsky)
8. Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)
9. Tropic of Cancer (Henry Miller)
10. The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
11. Fanny Hill/Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (John Cleland)
12. Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)
13. And Tango Makes Three (Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson)
14. The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
15. The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders (Daniel Defoe)
16. Ulysses (James Joyce)
17. A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess)
18. A Day No Pig Would Die (Robert Newton Peck)
19. Fallen Angels (Walter Dean Myers)
20. Fahrenheit (Ray Bradbury)